Guitarist Alex Lifeson of Canadian rock legends RUSH tells Billboard.com that the band is currently taking a break following the completion of the length world tour in support of the group's latest album, "Clockwork Angels".
"We've committed to taking about a year off," Lifeson says. "We all agreed when we finished this ('Clockwork Angels') tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment."
Although there are no firm plans for RUSH to regroup anytime soon to begin work on its follow-up album, Lifeson tells Billboard.com: "We enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the New Year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing."
He adds: "It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go."
Together with Rounder Records, NCM Fathom Events brings a rare VIP concert experience to fans with the one-night cinema event "Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour" on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The "Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour" event is a celebration for passionate and loyal RUSH fans to experience a big screen taste of the band’s upcoming, long-anticipated DVD release and relive the tour. Pre-recorded in Dallas and Phoenix on the band's extensive "Clockwork Angels Tour", the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees perform such classics such as "Tom Sawyer", "The Spirit of Radio" and "2112" alongside newly arranged material featuring the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, which marks the first time the trio has taken additional musicians on stage. This epic fan experience also features 25 minutes of exclusive, behind-the-scenes RUSH footage that includes interviews with all three members and offers a rare glimpse into the band’s touring life.
Tickets for "Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour" are available online at FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices. The event will be presented in more than 350 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).
"Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour" will be released via Anthem/Roadrunner Records on November 19. Anthem/Zoe Vision/Rounder will simultaneously release the companion DVD.